The Business

The Business

Saturday 10 - 11am

The Business Saturday 3 March 2018

The Business

The Business

A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran

Retailers after the Blizzard

Retailers after the Blizzard

It's been an extraordinary week. One in a generation levels of snow fall, and a country effectivley in shut down mode for the last several days. A difficult and complicated situation for retailers and business owners, juggling the parallel demands of bottom lines and staff safety. 

Brexit

Brexit

However icy conditions are outside our window today, they would still have some way to go to match the relations between the European Union and the UK government right now. 

Earlier this week, Micheal Barnier published a draft document for the second round of Brexit talks. It was intended to make legally binding the commitments arrived at in the first rounf, which finished up before Christmas. 

Theresa May called the language used in the latest document on that subject a "Threat to UK integrity", and yesterday she took t the podium at the Mansion House in London to give a speech outlining the objectives that her government has as they enter into the next round of talks with the EU. 

John McGrane, Director General of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Doyle, a partner at Deloitte UK and Justin Urquhart-Stewart who is the co-founder and Manging Director of Seven Investment Managemnt joined Conor on the phone. 

Snow Calls

Snow Calls

Conor Brophy spoke to some retailers from around the country to get a sense of the week that businesses have had to deal with. 

Cork City Football

Cork City Football

With so many sectors, behind the scenes most of the business of football is more about managing the day-to-day than generating big-figure headlines and when things get really tough sometimes the only people that have what it takes to stay the course are the those who are doing it purely out of love. 

Niamh O'Mahoney, Head of Development at SD Europe joined Conor on the show. 

Swallow Boxes

Swallow Boxes

The latest Countryside Bird Survey shows an alarming 40% decline, and while the reason for the decline remains unknown it's thought that a significant factor might be renovations of old buildings meaning a loss in available nest sites for the Swift. One man in Co. Kerry has turned to real estate for birds as a solution, and in doing so, founded a fledgling business for himself. Liam Geraghty has the story. 

Music Played on the Show

Sister Winter

Sister Winter

Sufjen Stevens

4:00

Toumani

Toumani

Toumani Diabaté'S Symmetric Orchestra

0:59

Tapha Nianq

Tapha Nianq

Toumani Diabaté'S Symmetric Orchestra

1:08

Ruby

Ruby

Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré

1:25

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Presenter: Richard Curran

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